Moses Sumney – Aromanticism

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Since emerging onto the scene in 2014, Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings, and dynamic live performances. It’s an organic, patient ascent all too rare in today’s musical climate. In a voice both mellifluous and haunting, Sumney makes future music that transmogrifies classic tropes, like moon-colony choir reinterpretations of old jazz gems. His vocals narrate a personal journey through universal loneliness atop otherworldly compositional backdrops.

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Following the self-release of his debut cassette EP, Mid-City Island, and 2015’s 7″, Seeds/Pleas, Sumney has performed around the world alongside forebears like David Byrne, Karen O, Sufjan Stevens, Solange, James Blake and more. With his 2016 Lamentations EP, The California and Ghana-raised troubadour widened the spectrum of his heretofore “bedroom” music, incorporating songs that feature more elaborate production and evocative songwriting. Now his inspired ascent continues.

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His proper debut album, Aromanticism is a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. It seeks to interrogate the social constructions around romance. The debut will include the devastating, billowing synths of “Doomed,” which in a way serves as the album’s thesis statement, as well as new versions of standouts “Lonely World” and “Plastic.” It’s a deliberate, jaw-dropping statement that can leave you both enlightened and empty.

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Amadou & Mariam – Bofou Safou

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Brand new album from extraordinary duet Amadou & Mariam called La Confusion.

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Greatly produced by French producer Adrien Durand, first album with freshly pressed new tracks in Five years 🙂 A bit more electro than before, but the essence is still there. Looking forward to see them live again !

Andra Day – Strange Fruit

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Andra Day covers the iconic song “Strange Fruit.” Originally performed by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song protests lynching, a form of racial terror which took more than 4,000 African American lives and reinforced white supremacy. Most states have no memorials commemorating lynching sites, some of which are featured in this video. Andra, in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, sheds light on this difficult history and the ways that racial injustice continues. In order to move forward, we must confront our past.

https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/

ZOZOPHONIC ORCHESTRA – That Thing

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Between pre-war blues and backyard grooves, the Zozophonic Orchestra continues to explore their “urban country blues” sound, straight out of the ’20s but boosted by distortions and urban rhythms.

It’s also about the bandleader, Manouche Fournier, passionate about African-American music of all kinds and a trumpet-player who picked up the guitar and learned to sing along the way. But mostly it’s about a group of virtuoso musicians trained in jazz but always ready to take on new vibes.

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Collectively, the members of the Zozophonic Orchestra take the Deep South blues in a whole new direction. The humidity of the Caribbean meets New Orleans funk to create a modern sound, mixing committed lyrics with angry improvisations.

From the overflowing Mississippi to a broken-down subway, you’ll swear you’re listening to Ben Harper jamming with Beck & The Meters.

 

 

Anthony Hamilton – Home for the Holidays (2014)

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Here is the brand new album from the great soulful artist Anthony Hamilton ! As many artists at this time of the year, Home for the Holidays is THE Anthony Hamilton’s christmas album. I usually hate theses Xmas LP’s but … I gotta admit this one has an effect on me … I mean in a positive way 😉

14 tracks, with guests such as ZZ Ward, Chaka Khan (!!), Gavin DeGraw …, including 6 original songs !

Tracklist :

01 – It’s Christmas
02 – Spend Christmas With You
03 – Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
04 – Little Drummer Boy (Interlude)
05 – Little Drummer Boy
06 – Home For The Holidays feat. Gavin DeGraw
07 – ‘Tis The Season
08 – What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas
09 – Coming Home
10 – Away In A Manger (Interlude)
11 – Away In A Manger feat. ZZ Ward
12 – Please Come Home For Christmas
13 – The Christmas Song feat. Chaka Khan
14 – Spirit Of Love
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Anthony Hamilton succeeded in bringing us from Blues to Gospel, from R&B to deep Soul … Mission accomplished !

Here is Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto, song you might have loved from the Godfather himself … James Brown !

Enjoy !